For more than 70 years, Cy's of Catonsville has outfitted customers of all ages and swimming abilities in handpicked suits and accessories from renowned brands such as Speedo and TYR. Friendly sales personnel assist shoppers in selecting the ideal attire, be it Speedo Vanquisher goggles ($18) or female practice swimsuits ($40) for use in training or quick costume changes during underwater prom. Aqua Cell swim belts ($40) boost buoyancy, and the Finis Zoomers training fins ($36) employ a patented short-fin technology to enhance swimming kicks and help wearers reach out and pet ducks during 400-meter races.
Family owned and operated since 1914, Smyth Jewelers lavishes customers with expertly cut gems and attentive service. Fill Valentine's present voids with designer necklaces ($32.50 and up), adorn lonely lobes with earrings ($28 and up), or add panache to foosball matches with sparkling rings ($50 and up). The caring staff will not force shoppers into splurging on baubles, but rather will introduce them to pieces that fit their needs in design and price. Smyth also purveys gifts such as silver platters, wine coasters, crystal decanters, and decorative bowls to fill with fruits, pocket change, or collector edition condiment packets. Perusers of higher-end items may fuse two Groupons to put towards purchases over $300, selecting from shinables such as the 18-karat diamond stud earrings clasped in white gold ($340). Smyth's six certified gemologists ward off showy intruders, admitting only GIA or AGS approved gems with the most refined facets and credible qualities.
Craig Coyne's wares speckle owners with a dazzling shine emanating from sterling silvers, yellow gold, and precious stones. Adorn lobes with the sterling silver sparkle plenty earrings ($99), with the multicolored gemstones and pearls of the drop earrings ($60), or with last year's tree ornaments. The flat freshwater pearls of the blue moon bracelet set add an aquatic accent to any empty appendage ($90), and the bypass ring's amber bead and freshwater pearls beckon high-fives and handshakes ($59). Similarly, the golden links with glitz watch, complete with an elegant gold-toned stainless-steel casing ($89), is more fashionable and practical than a sundial-shaped fedora.
Since opening in 1922, for generations, Samuelson's Diamonds has passed down the secret of bejeweling and bedazzling empty appendages. Purchase a loose diamond to design your own artistic adornment (starting at $79.95 for approximately 1/8 carat, in-store), or add dazzle to ear wiggles with a duo of 1/8-carat-total-weight diamond studs, set in your choice of yellow or white gold ($79.95+/stud, in-store). A thoughtful gift such as a sterling-silver heart necklace ($49.95) provides the perfect way to say “I love you” or “Sorry for duct taping your car shut.” For those looking for more practical polish, classic mini clocks, such as Seiko and Pulsar watches ($59.95+) or Citizen timepieces ($79+), track the hours with a flick of the wrist.
Amaryllis offers a bounty of limited-edition, handcrafted jewelry, featuring the sparkly creations of lesser-known artists and local artists, such as Karen Clark, Zoe Chicco, and Mark Edge. Peruse the daily-changing selection of necklaces, sets of earrings, or home adornments inside Amaryllis's sleek, 500-square-foot studio. Bangle bracelets ($18+) and glass necklaces ($12+) make for classy dermal decoratives, while giftables, such as a hand-painted picture frame ($58.50) or a Baggallini purse ($40+), are appropriate for birthdays or Labor Day. Amaryllis’s warm and knowledgeable staff makes it a priority to ensure customer satisfaction, going to great lengths to hunt down unexpected jewelry gems.
Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions outfits patrons with more than 5,000 high-quality theatrical costumes for Halloween, plays, and various dress-up occasions. Run from house to house pilfering sweets as a swashbuckling pirate or trick or treat as a Civil War solider to get extra candy from members of the Robert E. Lee fan club. Customers can slip into a flapper's dress to hearken back to the 1920s or evoke a time closer to 1920 BC with Greek outfits. The shop also features scores of popular character and couples costumes, a small sampling of which can be found on the website.